civ·​il·​ly | \ ˈsi-və(l)-lē How to pronounce civilly (audio) \

Definition of civilly

1 : in terms of civil rights, law, or matters civilly dead
2 : in a civil manner : politely

Examples of civilly in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was civilly sued and ultimately paid an $850,000 settlement. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Government Lawyers Are Defending Trump," 12 Sep. 2020 Mungeer added that Biden wanting to reform qualified immunity, which protects police officers from being sued civilly for misconduct, also contributed in his decision to support Trump’s reelection. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "'Donald Trump has our back': Another police union boss throws his support behind Trump," 23 Aug. 2020 This law protects these manufacturers from being held civilly liable for their products--a protection granted to no other industry. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Acceptance," 23 Aug. 2020 Scott’s bill would not have ended qualified immunity, which protects officers from being held civilly liable for violating the constitutional rights of citizens. Ben Terris, Washington Post, "The Burden of Tim Scott," 21 Aug. 2020 In addition to encouraging Democrats and Republicans to (civilly) debate each other, the site invites elected officials to upload their views on hot topics – often in a minute or less – in a video feature called Daily Points. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "Chris Evans opens up about his new political site, 'Rocky' quarantine workouts and Finstas," 1 Aug. 2020 Enter a political conversation with the attitude of being non-judgmental and civilly engage with others who differ from yourself, face to face. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina County residents discuss Bridging the Political Divide," 9 July 2020 And after Scrushy was found civilly liable for the HealthSouth fraud, his prized possessions, including three homes and pricey artwork, were liquidated. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Richard Scrushy ‘Trial by Media’ episode: Where are Scrushy, Donald Watkins, Jim Parkman now?," 15 May 2020 They could not be sanctioned or found criminally or civilly liable unless there was clear and convincing evidence of willful misconduct — a higher standard of proof than typically required to win a lawsuit. Los Angeles Times, "Nursing homes want to be held harmless for death toll. Here’s why Newsom may help them," 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of civilly

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Civilly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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